Edinburgh Tattoo

I fulfilled one of my all-time bucket list goal this summer, attending the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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My parents were doing a tour of Scotland that finished in Edinburgh watching the tattoo and I felt it was the perfect time to join them. It was amazing! And a true experience. So much talent. It’s an odd musical experience for someone who is not interested in the military in general, but I find it fascinating as an experience and of course I got to share it with my parents.
Edinburgh as a town, I have experienced many times in both Alexander McCall-Smith’s Dalhousie series and more recently in finally getting around to read Ian Rankin’s Rebus series. It was just a quick visit this time around and I didn’t have time to really explore anything, but it was nice anyway to see the town centre and nip into the Edinburgh Book Fest.
On the train to and from London I had plenty of time to catch up on my reading and got through a couple of books. Always a bonus!

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Back to School

My LAST list for August was about school supplies. It’s because I am now back to work after a long productive summer. I always miss the children I coach, during the long summer holidays. In the last couple of weeks before school starts, I have very vivid dreams about work, usually involving equipment failure or me ending up at the wrong school on the wrong day. Even though it has never yet actually happened in real life.
I like the long summer holidays because it gives me plenty of time to not only update my lesson plans, but enough time to set them aside and think about them, before going back and improve on them. I find this process is quite the same as my writing process. I write a first quick draft, set it aside, continue to think about the story, then go back and make changes and make it better. Fine tune each and every part of the lesson plan or the story.

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August LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LASTS. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

As the school start is just around the corner in the UK, I have decided to make a list of 10 Back to School Supplies I love to buy for the school start, even though I am not an actual student any more.

1. Notebooks – In all different sizes and colours, preferably ruled or dotted
2. New coloured pens – My favourites are Stabilo 0.4
3. New pencils – When you don’t want to make a mistake
4. Pretty stickers – Because, why not?
5. Pen case – Clever construction is a must to fit as much of my gear as possible
6. Rubbers – Preferably in different colours and cute
7. Rulers – Straight and curved
8. Folders – I keep myself organised
9. Lunch box/bag – I save money by bringing my own lunch to work in a snazzy bag
10. Did I mention notebooks? My favourite thing to buy

Did I forget anything on the list?

Note books for Back to school

I really like notebooks

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July LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LASTS. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

This will be my last post for the summer, I’ll be back again to my regular schedule in September.

1o things from my summer bucket list.

1. Eat ice cream
2. Swim
3. Pub Gardens
4. Picnic in the park
5. Trying new restaurants
6. Art Exhibition
7. Library Research
8. Reading in the park
9. Outdoor theatre at the Globe
10. RELAX

Summer Bucket List 2019

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Non-fiction summer research

Another short summer post.

My non-fiction summer research this year will centre on the research I still need to do for my sequel historical novel. It takes place mostly in Germany in the 1950s and 1960s, an era that I am not too familiar with, so there are a lots of things to catch up on.

I always treasure this time-off during summer when I can go to the library and spend hours digging myself into the research. It is one of my luxuries, selfish things that I give myself every year once the school year has finished. A quiet day at the research library.

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Environmental books

A short book post on climate change and the environment in the summer heath.

I have an interest in the environment and enjoy reading research on the subject. When it comes to environmental research, it moves so quickly that even if you read a book that was published five years ago, it can feel old and dated. It must be difficult to keep abreast on this in the publishing world and for its authors.
One of the authors I keep coming back to is Elizabeth Kolbert. I like how she writes for laypeople (me!) but doesn’t dumb it down so you still learn something. There are a few of her books that now are outdated in terms of research but still worth reading for their core research.
Another book that comes to mind is Six Degrees by Mark Lynas. I read it several years ago but its content is still something I think about. The premises is what we can expect of the world with each degree of warming. Again probably a bit outdated now, especially with the latest warnings from scientist of rapid warming around the poles that often wasn’t taken into consideration in earlier predictions.

What interesting books have you’ve read about climate change and life on our planet?

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How I get through my edits

Even though I am enjoying the edits I’m focusing on this year, there are still days when I rather work on something new and shiny than going back to something I have seen so many times before.
I solve this by giving myself small rewards every week, if I am on top of my edits, I will allow myself to write a quick short story or other musing. It doesn’t have to be good, it might not ever see the light of day again, but it does get my creative juices flowing, which will help me when I return to my edit schedule.
What is your best tips for inspiration to do those tasks that might not be your favourite thing to do but you know needs to get done?

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June LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LAST. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.
As you might remember my sister was visiting a few weeks ago, so this list is dedicated to her visit.
1. Fun
2. New adventures
3. Doing touristy stuff
4. Good food
5. Good beer
6. Self care
7. Holiday
8. Believing in sunshine
9. Bonding
10. Good feelings

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Aspirations – Mid year catch up

We are almost half way through the year already and it is time to look back at my aspirations for the year. To see how far I have come, how far I have to go and if I need to make any changes. I always look forward to these sessions, when I take stock of what is going on in my life and where to go forwards. Partly because it keeps me on the right track and partly because I love planning. I like ticking in boxes and make predictions more than I like to do the actual tasks.
As explained not long ago I have decided to totally re-write my NaNoWriMo from last year. I have started the project and it is almost like writing a whole new story, but I am enjoying in seeing a broken story getting a new life. At the moment it looks like I will be able to finish the synopsis and enough research to have another go at it at NaNoWriMo this year.
My three manuscripts that needs edit, one I have already finished and it’s resting at the moment. I am not sure I can do very much more with it, and it is more a novella than a novel. I’ll see how that goes. The other two I am keeping on track with my plan, one will be finished by the end of summer and the last before November. After that, I need to make another plan and decide which to focus on for the next stage.
Personally, I have tried to take more time to read more novels and I am on track (sometimes ahead) on my GoodReads goal which always makes me happy. This, despite my new obsession with true crime podcasts.
In my day-job as a coach, lots of things are up in the air, compared to in January when I first put down these aspirations. I am still trying to grow my business but not in the way I intended in the beginning of the year.
Last on the list is my training, which is going well. I ran a half marathon in May and a 10K the other week and have another three 10Ks over the summer months before, in between running I try to sprinkle some long walks and every now and then a short yoga programme for runners.
So that’s it. A recap of my aspirations, I realise that this post is probably more beneficial to myself than to my readers, but I hope you can get something out of it anyway. Do you have a middle of the year throw back to your New Year’s resolutions?

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Visits

This week I’m going to be short, I am spending some time with my sister visiting from Sweden. She recently finished her Master’s Degree so has come to celebrate with me, because I couldn’t attend her graduation ceremony.
There will be lots of food, new restaurants to try and places to visit. It’s great about London that even though she has visit several times we never run out of places to see and new food to try.
I love this city.

London view

London view from the southbank

 

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